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Get a Passport

Get a Passport"Opportunities for service trips and sessions abroad can come quickly. Having a passport in hand will empower students by giving them access to those life-changing experiences." - President E. Gordon Gee

Having a passport already in hand will facilitate studies abroad, broaden your worldview and open doors to countless international opportunities.

Quick Facts

  • Nearly 20 percent of Ohio State undergraduates have a study abroad experience before they graduate
  • Only 37 percent of United States citizens have a valid passport
  • The U.S. Department of State issued more than 13 million passports in 2012
  • It typically takes at least six weeks for a passport application to be processed
  • As part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, U.S. citizens need a passport to travel by air, land or sea to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean
  • The Canadian border is a four-hour drive from Columbus, Ohio

How to Apply

You must apply for a passport in person if:

  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were 16 or younger
  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen or damaged
  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago
  • Your name has changed since your U.S. passport was issued and you are unable to legally document your name change

You can apply for a passport in person on campus at the University Post Office. Passport processing hours are Monday - Friday, 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.

Application Checklist

There are several components to your application that you will need to bring with you to the post office:

  1. A completed DS-11 form. Go online to the U.S. Department of State website to fill out the form. Print it out, but do not sign it until you arrive at the acceptance facility.
  2. Two passport photos. You will need to provide two identical color photographs to be used in your passport. These photos must be two inches square and taken within the past six months (reflecting your current appearance, with your full face front) in normal street attire in front of a plain white or off-white background.
  3. Proof that you are a U.S. citizen. Acceptable forms of citizenship include:
    • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
    • Certified birth certificate (if you do not have a copy of your birth certificate, you can go online to obtain one)
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
    • Naturalization certificate
    • Certificate of citizenship
  4. Proof of your identity. Acceptable forms of identification include:
    • Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
    • Naturalization certificate
    • Valid driver's license
    • Current government ID (city, state or federal)
    • Current military ID (military or dependent)
  5. Fee payment. The standard fee for applicants over the age of 16 is $110. There may be an additional $25 charge from the passport acceptance facility. Additionally, there is a $60 expedition fee for passport processing taking less than four to six weeks.

Passport Renewal

If you currently have a passport, check the expiration date. Most countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the end date of your study abroad program. To renew a previously issued passport, visit the U.S. Department of State website.